By Ryan Kennedy
IRISH Indie rockers The Frames have told how playing support for Bob Dylan on his latest tour is a â€˜Dream come trueâ€™.
In a recent interview, lead singer Glen Hansard told how in 1993 the band were in a recording session when folk legend Bob Dylan appeared in their doorway. He had been rehearsing in the next studio.
He said: â€œI couldn’t believe he was there because we hadn’t heard he was in the building. It was all kept very secret.
â€œI just said to him, ‘Meeting you is what it must have been like when you met Woody,’ because his hero is Woody Guthrie.
“I must have said the right thing because we spoke for what was probably two to three minutes about Woody Guthrie, but it felt like an hour to me.”
The real shock for the band came the following day when the Dublin-based five-piece received an unexpected phone call from a member of Dylanâ€™s management.
Glen said: â€œI went to the phone and he said, ‘I don’t know what you did but you impressed Bob somehow. Do you want to come to London tonight and play with him?
“So we went over, had the best time, again met him and said thank you very much.”
Over a decade later, and The Frames have secured their place in the global indie scene, and are currently touring Australia and New Zealand with the 66-year-old star to packed arenas. In joining Dylanâ€™s inner circle, they follow the likes of Van Morrisson and Elvis Costello, and Glen has even had the pleasure of using Dylanâ€™s guitar live on stage.
He said: â€œWe’ve been doing really well and his people are great. I even ended up using his guitar for a few gigs, which was pretty amazing for me.
“I couldn’t have really asked for anything better.